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Wellbeing

Everyone faces challenging times in their life and sometimes we are not sure who to speak to.  We all have times where we feel worried, stressed or vulnerable.  At Brentside we want to do what we can to support each other and look after the wellbeing and health of all.

Wellbeing and Mental Health is very important

On this website you will feel lots of information and support

 

What is Wellbeing?

It is how we feel and function in everyday life. It is more than just feeling happy; it is about being satisfied and being in control of your emotions and physical health.  Wellbeing impacts everything we do.
This website is here to support parents and details what is available.
•    Wellbeing – how we can have positive wellbeing using the 5 ways to wellbeing
•    Parents – support available to you and top tips
•    Pupils – how we are support the wellbeing for pupils on school
•    Contacts and support – a list of helplines that can be used if you need support

 

The 5 ways to Wellbeing

Our mental health is just as important as our physical health. There are 5 things you could do to try to improve your overall wellbeing.
Have you had your 5 a day?
Can you achieve a balanced wellbeing diet by trying to achieve the 5 ways to wellbeing each day?
*5 ways to wellbeing information from https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/mental-health-at-work/taking-care-of-yourself/five-ways-to-wellbeing/

 

Connect

Feeling close to and valued by other people is very important for overall wellbeing.
Communicating with friends, family and colleagues can help you function better in the world.  People around you can help by listening to you and likewise you an help others by connecting with them.


With this in mind, try to do something different today and make connections.
•    Talk to someone instead of sending an email
•    Speak to someone new
•    Ask how someone’s weekend was and really listen when they tell you
•    Put five minutes aside to find out how someone really is

 

Be active

Doing regular exercise can help you feel good because your body releases chemicals called endorphins which reduce the feeling of pain.  Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all ages groups.
Today why not get physical?
•    Take the stairs not the lift
•    Go for a walk at lunchtime
•    Walk into work - perhaps with a colleague – so you can ‘connect’ as well
•    Get off the bus one stop earlier than usual and walk the final part of your journey to work
•    Organise a work sporting activity
•    Have a kick-about in a local park
•    Do some ‘easy exercise’, like stretching, before you leave for work in the morning
•    Walk to someone’s desk instead of calling or emailing.

 

Take notice

Being aware of your surroundings will help you to be 'present in the moment'. take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you.
•    Get a plant for your workspace
•    Have a ‘clear the clutter’ day
•    Take notice of how your colleagues are feeling or acting
•    Take a different route on your journey to or from work
•    Visit a new place for lunch

 

Care

Helping others can give us a greater sense of happiness.
In what ways have you given to others recently?
•    Give your time to listen to a family member, friend or colleague
•    Donate to charity
•    Show an act of kindness towards someone else e.g. offering to help out, give a compliment
•    Give back to your community by volunteering

 

Keep Learning

Learning new things helps to boost self0esteem and setting goals is good for wellbeing.
Why not learn something new today?
•    Find out something about your colleagues
•    Sign up for a class
•    Read the news or a book
•    Set up a book club
•    Do a crossword or Sudoku
•    Research something that you've always wondered about
•    Learn a new skill / get a new hobby e.g. a sport, instrument or crafts
•    Learn a new word or fact

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Top tips to support your wellbeing during COVID-19

Pupils

Over the past year children all around the country have faced many unknown challenges. Here at Brentside we are proud of the pupils for coping with these obstacles and the resilience they have shown. They had to understand what coronavirus was, they had to get used to taking their learning into the home during Lockdown 1.0. Despite being torn away from the social interactions with friends and staff they remained resilient. 

 

When they returned to school they learnt how to work in ‘bubbles’ in a school which worked with different rules. The children continue to work in a positive way, and we are now restricted with the rules of Lockdown 3.0.

 

World Mental Health Day

the children joined together dressed in yellow to highlight the difficulty some face in the daily lives.

 

At school

Children are encouraged to express their feelings.  Through this lockdown children are being guided to follow the 5 ways to wellbeing – Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Give and Keep

 

Learning.

In class children are helped to manage their emotions with the help of the Zones of Regulations. Each week in assemblies children are recognised for the great things they do in class and with their learning. Whilst we find ourselves coping with another Lockdown children are encouraged to meet regularly with their class teacher and peers on Zoom meetings. The class pages on Purple Mash also offers them support with their wellbeing.

 

If at any time you are worried about your child’s wellbeing please contact the class teacher via the school office. 

The benefits of a routine

Contact your child's class teacher

If you want to discuss anything about your child with their class teacher please contact the school office to arrange an appointment. 

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